FORWARD TOWNSHIP, Pa. – A local 38-year-old man who resides in Evans City fell for a sharp, and carefully planned scam.
According to police, someone called this residence pretending that they had worked for West Penn Power, which is part of the FirstEnergy network.
The impostor then told the Evans City man that his account had additional charges that needed to be paid immediately. If he would fail to pay immediately that day, his entire account would be disconnected and a line-man would disconnect power from his house.
Scared and worried, the man paid immediately with a debit card. However, when he contacted West Penn Power, they stated that the man who called did not work for West Penn Power.
It is unknown if the person had used the card in any malicious way, but FirstEnergy is reminding customers to never share any information with anyone which could be determined as personal information, such as social security numbers or debit/credit card information.